Roger Federer answers if he misses playing against Rafael Nadal

Federer and Nadal created one of the greatest tennis rivalries.

by Dzevad Mesic
Roger Federer answers if he misses playing against Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer is taking part in a Q&A session with fans on Twitter and he was asked whether he misses playing against Rafael Nadal. Federer, who retired from pro tennis after the 2022 Laver Cup, created with Nadal what is widely considered one of the greatest rivalries not just in tennis - but in all sports.

Federer and Nadal clashed 40 times, with the Spaniard winning 24 of those meetings. Federer and Nadal clashed numerous times on the biggest stage - mostly in the latter stages of Grand Slam and Masters tournaments. While Federer had some big wins over Nadal, he also suffered some heartbreaking losses to the Spaniard.

"Yes and no (winking emoji)," Federer replied.

Nadal said 'a part of me left' after Federer's retirement

In the final match of his career at the Laver Cup, Federer teamed up with Nadal for a doubles match.

After the match was over, Federer became emotional as he was giving his speech and it didn't take long before Nadal also became very motional. Later, Nadal said "a part of me left" after Federer's retirement. “There are many experiences together, important moments shared in our lives as rivals and team-mates.

People have feelings and understand this sport for what it is, a sport. When you have a rival like Federer, throughout your career – because when I started Roger was already there, it’s true I played more matches with Novak than with Roger, but I started it with him [Federer].

Due to our contrasting styles and personalities, due to affinity, in some way we have shared so much. Someone I have admired, who I have rivalled and also I have shared many beautiful things on and off the court was leaving.

In that sense, all those moments, those feelings you have before playing a final of a Grand Slam, of an important tournament, everything that was in the air before those matches. It was different from other matches. You know you’re not going to live that again and a part of my life left with him [when he retired].

It was also the emotion of saying goodbye to someone who has been so important to our sport," Nadal said in October.

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